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Understanding the Risks and Limitations of North Korea’s Nuclear Program

By Kirsten Gronlund Late last month, North Korea launched a ballistic missile test whose trajectory arced over Japan. And this past weekend, Pyongyang flaunted its nuclear capabilities with an underground test of what it claims was a hydrogen bomb: a more complicated—and powerful—alternative to the atomic bombs it has previously tested. Though North Korea has […]

Killer robots: World’s top AI and robotics companies urge United Nations to ban lethal autonomous weapons

Press release from Faculty of Engineering at UNSW, Sydney, Australia. Open letter by leaders of leading robotics & AI companies is launched at the world’s biggest artificial intelligence conference as UN delays meeting till later this year to discuss the robot arms race An open letter signed by 116 founders of robotics and artificial intelligence […]

United Nations Adopts Ban on Nuclear Weapons

Today, 72 years after their invention, states at the United Nations formally adopted a treaty which categorically prohibits nuclear weapons. With 122 votes in favor, one vote against, and one country abstaining, the “Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” was adopted Friday morning and will open for signature by states at the United Nations […]

FHI Quarterly Update (July 2017)

The following update was originally posted on the FHI website: In the second 3 months of 2017, FHI has continued its work as before exploring crucial considerations for the long-run flourishing of humanity in our four research focus areas: Macrostrategy – understanding which crucial considerations shape what is at stake for the future of humanity. […]

U.S. Conference of Mayors Unanimously Adopts Mayors for Peace Resolution

Conference also Adopts Two Additional Resolutions Calling for Reversal of Military Spending to Meet the Needs of Cities Miami Beach, FL – At the close of its 85th Annual Meeting on Monday June 26, 2017, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), for the 12th consecutive year, adopted a strong resolution put forward by Mayors for Peace. The resolution, “Calling […]

Testimony by Fujimori Toshiki, Hiroshima Survivor

The following post is the statement presented by Hiroshima survivor Fujimori Toshiki to the United Nations on the first day of negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination New York, 27 March 2017 Testimony by Fujimori […]

The AI Debate Must Stay Grounded in Reality

The following article was written by Vincent Conitzer and originally posted in Prospect Magazine. Progress in artificial intelligence has been rapid in recent years. Computer programs are dethroning humans in games ranging from Jeopardy to Go to poker. Self-driving cars are appearing on roads. AI is starting to outperform humans in image and speech recognition. […]

Using Machine Learning to Address AI Risk

The following article and talk are by Jessica Taylor and they were originally posted on MIRI. At the EA Global 2016 conference, I gave a talk on “Using Machine Learning to Address AI Risk”: It is plausible that future artificial general intelligence systems will share many qualities in common with present-day machine learning systems. If […]

2300 Scientists from All Fifty States Pen Open Letter to Incoming Trump Administration

The following press release comes from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Unfettered Science Essential to Decision Making; the Science Community Will Be Watching WASHINGTON (November 30, 2016)—More than 2300 scientists from all fifty states, including 22 Nobel Prize recipients, released an open letter urging the Trump administration and Congress to set a high bar for […]

The Historic UN Vote On Banning Nuclear Weapons

By Joe Cirincione History was made at the United Nations today. For the first time in its 71 years, the global body voted to begin negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Eight nations with nuclear arms (the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, and Israel) opposed or abstained from […]

The Federal Government Updates Biotech Regulations

By Wakanene Kamau This summer’s GMO labeling bill and the rise of genetic engineering techniques to combat Zika — the virus linked to microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome — have cast new light on how the government ensures public safety. As researchers and companies scramble to apply the latest advances in synthetic biology, like the gene-editing […]

Top Scientists Call for Obama to Take Nuclear Missiles off Hair-Trigger Alert

The following post was written by Lisbeth Gronlund, co-director of the Global Security Program for the Union of Concerned Scientists. More than 90 prominent US scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates and 90 National Academy of Sciences members, sent a letter to President Obama yesterday urging him to take US land-based nuclear missiles off hair-trigger alert […]

What Google’s TPUs Mean for AI Timing and Safety

The following article was written by Jim Babcock and originally posted on Concept Space Cartography. Last Wednesday, Google announced that AlphaGo was not powered by GPUs as everyone thought, but by Google’s own custom ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits), which they are calling “tensor processing units” (TPUs). We’ve been running TPUs inside our data centers for […]

CRISPR, Gene Drive Technology, and Hope for the Future

The following article was written by John Min and George Church. Imagine for a moment, a world where we are able to perform genetic engineering on such large scales as to effectively engineer nature.  In this world, parasites that only cause misery and suffering would not exist, only minimal pesticides and herbicides would be necessary […]

Passing the Nuclear Baton

The following post was written by Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund, as part of our Huffington Post series on nuclear security. President Obama entered office with a bold vision, determined to end the Cold War thinking that distorted our nuclear posture. He failed. He has a few more moves he could still make […]